Questions that one should be asking before moving from SAP ECC To S/4HANA

Digital Maps May 13, 2021

Table of Contents

Introduction

What does a Customer using SAP ECC for his everyday business operations go through before moving to SAP S/4HANA? What is that he/she should be worried about before making the transition?

Business. Processes. Users. Landscape. Communications. Customizations. Training. Testing. Project Strategy and Approach. These are some of the different perspectives across which the Customer or the CIO or the System Integrator involved in a Digital Transformation would need to answer before moving to the New World of SAP S/4HANA.

Questions you should be asking before making the move to SAP S/4HANA

Questions you should be asking in different perspectives

Questions you should be asking in different perspectives
Questions you should be asking in different perspectives

Important Questions you should be asking when Making the move to SAP S/4HANA in a Business Perspective

  1. What is the impact of S/4HANA to my Business?
  2. What is the impact on my system in terms of Daily Operations?
  3. How complex is my business?
  4. How good are my industry standards?
  5. I need new functionalities, which one is more relevant?
Questions you should be asking when Making the move to SAP S/4HANA in a Business Perspective
Questions you should be asking when Making the move to SAP S/4HANA in a Business Perspective

Important Questions you should be asking when Making the move to SAP S/4HANA in an User Perspective

  1. Who are my Process owners?
  2. Who should be part of the transformation?
  3. Who drives daily operations in the company?
  4. What is my license impact?

Important Questions you should be asking when Making the move to SAP S/4HANA in the Processes Perspective

  1. What are the Processes configured in the system?
  2. How Critical are they?
  3. What is heavily customized?
  4. How healthy are my processes?
  5. What are the areas that I can improve in terms of processes?

Important Questions you should be asking when Making the move to SAP S/4HANA in the Landscape Perspective

  1. How complex is my landscape?
  2. What are the other SAP and non-SAP components?
  3. What about the Vendor Add-ons?
  4. What about my compatibility in terms of OS / DB?
  5. Should I go for On Premise deployment or Cloud deployment?

Important Questions you should be asking when making the move to SAP S/4HANA in the Communications Perspective

  1. What are the external communications or interfaces present in the system?
  2. What about the current RFC/Logical connections in the system?
  3. What will happen to my BW Data Sources?
Questions you should be asking when making the move to SAP S/4HANA in the Communications Perspective
Questions you should be asking when making the move to SAP S/4HANA in the Communications Perspective

Important Questions you should be asking when Making the move to SAP S/4HANA in the Simplifications Perspective

  1. What is the impact on moving to S/4HANA?
  2. What will happen to my business configurations?
  3. What TCODES will go obsolete?
  4. What about my Master Data, Transaction Data, and Configuration Data

Important Questions you should be asking when Making the move to SAP S/4HANA in the Customizations Perspective

  1. Will my custom code stop working?
  2. Can I selectively move the custom code?
  3. How many will stop working?
  4. How can I improve the performance of my custom objects?

Important Questions you should be asking when Making the move to SAP S/4HANA in a Data & Testing Perspective

  1. With this much of disruption, what about testing?
  2. What about the test data?
  3. Who will do the testing?
  4. How much of the time would it take to do the testing?
  5. Should I archive?

Important Questions you should be asking when Making the move to SAP S/4HANA in the Training Perspective

  1. Who should we train?
  2. What should we train them with?
  3. Will there be a training plan?
  4. How much time is needed from the business?

Important Questions you should be asking when Making the move to SAP S/4HANA in a Strategic Alignment Perspective

  1. How does this fit into the overall transformation plan of the company?
  2. What about my next steps?
  3. What will be the ROI in terms of the S/4HANA Move?

Important Questions you should be asking when Making the move to SAP S/4HANA in the Project Approach Perspective

  1. How to go about doing the transformation?
  2. Should I think about CVI or New GL or Archiving or Custom code clean up before this?
  3. Should this be Greenfield or Brownfield or Selective Data Transition?
  4. What will be my contingency plan?
  5. What will be the timeline estimate?
  6. What about cost/effort?
SAP S/4 HANA System Conversion: Top 10 things to consider

Common Challenges during SAP S/4HANA Migration

Some of the challenges you might face during the SAP ECC to the S/4HANA Migration.

  • Data Issues
  • Stakeholder Buy-in
  • Customization
  • Knowledge
Common Challenges and Lessons learnt during SAP S/4HANA Migration


The Solution – KTern’s Digital Maps

All the above questions may seem too intimidating to answer in the first place and especially without any data and insights. Typically, these questions are answered by conducting workshops for 3 to 4 months, paying some top dollars and making sense of the data.

But, what if we told you that, there is a product which has been developed using 15 years of SAP Tribal knowledge and can help answer all the above questions with data from your own SAP Landscape?

KTern’s Digital Maps connects to your existing ECC system and reads the data. Using the rule engine called S/4HANAPEDIA, KTern provides analytical insights in terms of how the data is structured and organized within your system. It enables you to understand the implications of the transition from an existing SAP ERP system to SAP S/4HANA. You can also identify the necessary preparations and pre-projects in the current system landscape, long before an SAP S/4HANA system conversion project starts.

Features of KTern’s Digital Maps

  • Analysis of business processes, landscapes, and custom processes with implications of S/4HANA's modifications and simplifications and optimization insights.
  • Business processes that are aligned with the SAP scope items, SAP best practices, and SAP Model Company are simulated as-is and as-would-be.
  • Using a TCO estimator, a risk predictor, and resolution insights from the built-in engine S4HANAPEDIA, one may derive a roadmap and an effort estimate for ERP transition.

Next steps

If you want to learn about the features of KTern, you can get started with us by enrolling the demo session.

If you have queries about the KTern and its features, feel free to Contact us.

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Kirthan Ramesh

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